Pride is a time for us come together to celebrate the achievements of the LGBTQ community and the advances we’ve made in our province for all Ontarians regardless of their sexual orientation or their gender identity.
As we come together to celebrate in the streets, in our homes, in our places of worship, and in clubs and cafes - this year is different.
Only weeks ago, 49 people were killed in a horrific and tragic shooting at a club in Orlando, Florida. Most of those killed were LGBTQ people of colour, primarily Latinx and Black.
This brutal massacre targeting the LGBTQ community sparked a wave of memorials and vigils in Ontario, across Canada and around the world as people joined together in pain and in shock to find strength in solidarity and unity.
Thirty-six years ago Toronto Pride started with a handful of people struggling against homophobia and transphobia coming together in solidarity to demand justice and equality. It started as a protest in the streets, by a few brave activists, and has now flourished into a celebration enjoyed by more than a million people.